As bloggers, we receives hundreds (even thousands) of emails and phone calls from others wanting to share their story or commenting on something we've written that has hit them hard enough to want to connect with me. Most of you already know about my experiences of hitting rock bottom, and I've learned to take those stories and create them into testimonies that can help others who may be going through similar situations. My most recent email was from Heather Von St. James (a cancer survivor) who shared her story and website for others to see. I was so inspired, touched, and in tears watching this video that I felt compelled to share with all of you. Although we don't share everyone's stories that we receive, we do share those we feel could cause a significant impact to the lives of our readers. Heather has been featured on several sites, such as Reuters and The Huffington Post. And after watching her video, I encourage you to take a few minutes of your day to enjoy that hug, kiss, and moment with your loved ones. Tomorrow is never promised. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us, Heather! God bless you and your family!
About Heather Von St. James:
Heather is a 44-year old mother to a quirky little 7 year old, Lily. “She is my only child, and my whole world. When Lily was just 3 1/2 months old, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a type of cancer that kills most people within 2 years. As I’m sure you can imagine, the first thing that came to mind when I was diagnosed was my baby girl and how I wasn’t going to be able to watch her grow up.”
“After intense treatment and recovery, I’m still here 7 years later and cancer free! My journey with cancer was a terrifying one and I'd like to turn my pain into purpose and become someone that other people can look to for guidance, inspiration, and hope in situations like my own. My husband and I recently participated in a short video about my experience with cancer and I contacted you because I feel that your blog would be an excellent place to share. I’m hoping to use this video as a tool to raise awareness of this horrible little known cancer that is such a deadly killer (and sadly, 100% preventable).”
Watch Heather's video here: